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Training Years: 2013-2014

Training Site: UNC Project Malawi

Country: Malawi

Mentor: Satish Gopal, MD, MPH

Title: Pathologically confirmed breast cancer in Malawi: a descriptive study

Project Objectives: The rationale for the proposed research is that women’s knowledge, attitudes/beliefs and preferences toward preventive services are important considerations in developing and implementing cancer prevention and control programs in SSA, as well as improving acceptability and ensuring long-term sustainability. Developing culturally appropriate screening strategies is vital to increase early detection and decrease breast cancer-specific mortality.

Aim 1. Interview women and providers to explore culturally-specific attitudes/beliefs about breast health services that influence screening practices. This aim will guide the development of the survey questions.

Aim 2. Observe local clinical practice to develop a deeper understanding of the clinical aspects of preventive care. For this aim will reveal clinical aspects of preventive care and cancer screening in Malawi.

Aim 3. Examine women’s knowledge and preferences regarding breast cancer screening.

3a. Develop a preference assessment tool to elicit Malawian women’s preferences related to breast cancer screening.

3b. Develop and administer a survey to assess women’s current knowledge, risk perception, and practices related to breast cancer screening.

NIH Support:  Fogarty scholars doctoral training award

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